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3D Blu-ray Review Meet The Robinsons: THE HTF 3D ADDICT REVIEW

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. Ronald Epstein

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    What can I say?  I love 3D!  From the moment I began watching 3D content in my home I quickly discovered that I needed more content.  I suspect that those of you just purchasing your first 3D hardware will acquire the same ferocious appetite.  That's why I became the HTF 3D ADDICT.  I personally love images that pop off the screen and come inches away from your face without becoming overly gimmicky.  However, I certainly appreciate the nature documentaries that offer beautiful depth and separation.  These are not necessarily reviews of the film themselves.  I am not going to concentrate on story or supplements -- you can find the 2D reviews elsewhere on this forum.  My job is to let you know exactly what kind of 3D experience to expect from the titles that are being released.   As I will be receiving a handful of new product from the studios expect to see more title coverage.






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    MEET THE ROBINSONS


    Studio: Walt Disney

    Product Release: November 8, 2011

    Ratio: 1.85:1

    Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

    Running Time: 95 Minutes

    Rating: G



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    ON A SCALE 0-5

    Overall 3D Presentation Rating: 5

    3D Separation: 5

    3D In Yo' Face Factor: 4



    Keep Moving Forward



    Most of you are about to realize what a very special time

    this is for 3D enthusiasts.  Up until recently, studios have 

    been rather sporadic in releasing quality 3D films to store 

    shelves.  However, it took one studio's firm commitment to

    releasing quality content to a starving market to really turn

    things around.  That studio, of course, is none other than

    Walt Disney.  


    Over the next two weeks Walt Disney will be releasing some of

    the best 3D titles that I have had the pleasure of watching including

    the Toy StoryToy Story 2Toy Story 3 and Bolt.  These films are 

    exceptional demo-worthy material for your newly-invested display

    and represent the very best of what this format has to offer to home

    audiences.  Today, I am going to add one more title to that list: 

    Meet The Robinsons.



    12 year old orphan boy, Lewis (Daniel Hansen), a budding

    genius in science and technology, is frustrated over not being

    adopted or being accepted for who he is.  Lewis spends his

    days working on a memory device, much to the disgruntlement

    of his brooding roommate, "Goob" (Matthew Josten).  


    Things suddenly turn upside down upon meeting a young teenager

    named Wilbur Robinson (Wesley Singerman), who has traveled

    from the future to protect Lewis from an evil guy wearing a bowler hat

    (Stephen J Anderson).  At first, Lewis doesn't believe Wilbur's story,

    that is, until they embark on hovercraft ride into the future.  It is in this

    forthcoming timeline that he meets The Robinsons, perhaps the
    zaniest cast of madcap characters ever assembled in a Disney film

    all at once.   With Bowler Hat Guy in hot pursuit, Lewis now must

    repair an alteration in the space-time continuum and save his newly

    found family from being perished forever.



    Meet The Robinsons was one of  the last computer animated films

    produced by Walt Disney Studios prior to its acquisition of Pixar.  Made

    entirely within the digital 3D format, Disney animators have once again

    breathed life into their animated characters providing their audience with

    an appealing, heartwarming story filled with a plethora of pop cultural

    references and spoofs of movies and television that will keep everyone

    in the family smiling.


    Meet The Robinsons looks spectacular on 3D Blu-ray.  It's bright,

    ultra-colorful and has a wonderful sheen that lends to the widening

    of eyes upon taking it all in.  Really, I cannot overemphasize enough

    how brilliant a transfer this is.  I rarely have the opportunity to witness

    images so stunningly beautiful, enhanced in 3D, where everything

    seems so life-like.  Black levels are excellent. This is about as

    crystal-clear a transfer can get. Just wait until you watch the film's

    opening sepia-toned flashback.  You'll marvel at its clarity, Not a blemish

    nor artifact to be found anywhere.  In short, this is demo-worthy material.



    The inclusion of 3D makes this film even more of an eye-popping

    experience for the viewer.  There is a heightened sense of virtual

    spacing created by the separation and sizing of foreground and

    background objects.  The filmmakers take ample opportunities to

    throw objects out towards the audience, though unfortunately, the

    effect is not as extended as I would have hoped. Still, there is no

    cause to be unhappy here.  The film still manages to dazzle the

    viewer with some really cool 3D effects that include flying sparks,

    spraying water, spouting lava, spewing peanut butter and kicked-up

    dirt.  Once in a while we get treated to objects that project themselves

    outward such as the wing of a hovercraft, the head of a robot or the

    chin, fingers and shoes of the Bowler Hat Guy.  


    There is a minor problem with ghosting whose severity will probably

    differ with each display.  It's not a major concern, mind you, but I 

    did notice a lot of double-imaging that traced characters in many of

    the darker scenes.  The first time we see Doris, the bowler cap 

    hurtling in the air, or when fingers point themselves outwards, there

    is a slight amount of crosstalk present.



    The film's 5.1 DTS-MA track is exceptionally engaging. Audio is

    quite hefty, well pronounced, and the rears provide enough effect

    usage (including Bowler Hat Guy's menacing laugher) that the listening

    environment remains perfectly balanced and well-rounded.  There

    is a generous amount of LFE activity that underlines the movement

    of the hovercraft or the arrival of a stomping Tyrannosaurus. 


    Meet The Robinsons arrives as a 3-Disc Blu-ray combo package

    (Blu-ray 3D+Blu-ray+DVD) in lenticular cardboard casing.  Bonus

    features include audio commentary, deleted scenes, Inventing The

    Robinsons featurette, games and music videos.



    CONCLUSION




    It was just this past week that I was touting the upcoming 3D

    release of Toy Story 3 to be one of the best Blu-ray offerings of

    the year.  Now I am wondering if I spoke too soon. Meet The

    Robinsons is equally as impressive, if not better. It stands

    as the perfect example of why people should be rushing out to

    upgrade their equipment for this new technology.  If you don't

    own a 3D display, you just can't savor presentations as enjoyable

    as this one.  Don't you feel left out?


     

    Images are for illustrative purpose only not representative of the picture quality of this disc. 



    Equipment


    LG 60PX950 THX Certified 3D display

    Oppo BDP-93 3D Blu-ray Player

    Denon 3311CI Receiver

    Atlantic Technology H-PAS AT-1 fronts, 4400 center; 4200 rear speakers

    SV Sound Subwoofer

     
     
  2. Adam Gregorich

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    I saw this years ago in 3D in the theater. I don't remember what the 3D was like, but really enjoyed the movie and have watched it several times. Its quirky, fun and has a great message: Keep moving forward! I look forward to revisiting this on 3D Blu-ray.

    I know your reviews focus mainly on the 3D aspects of the title you are reviewing, but I'm curious to know in this case what you thought of the film itself? People either seem to love it or have a ambivalent reaction.


    Favorite line in film was the response from the T-Rex when he was asked to grab the kids "I have a big head and little arms...I'm just not sure how well this plan was thought through."
     
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    Thanks for the review Ron! My old 2D blu-ray has always looked fantastic. I can't wait to upgrade this title to 3D!
     
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    I really enjoyed this movie. Kids thought it was ok. So guess I will hold off. It is sad that my kids are old enough that they don't want to watch these movies anymore.
     
  5. Ronald Epstein

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    Adam,


    I first watched Meet The Robinsons when it was released to

    DVD in 2007. I turned it off halfway through. I really didn't like

    it in the least, mainly for the fact that it seemed terribly unscripted

    at the point we meet the Robinson family. It was as if anything
    and everything were being thrown into the mix for the sake of

    a joke or hoping that it all somehow becomes coherent in the end.


    This time out, I had completely forgotten I had seen this film

    already. So, when the story got to the point of ridiculousness,

    I thought, "oh no, not this film again." But you know what? This

    time I stuck it out to the end and was quite satisfied where the
    story took me.


    It's not nearly my favorite Disney film, but oh man, was I
    captivated by its 3D presentation. This is another perfect
    example of a mediocre film made better by 3D.
     
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    Did they include the 1953 3-D Animated short WORKING FOR PEANUTS on as an extra feature? I ask, as WFP was run in front of MEET THE ROBINSONS for it's 3-D theatrical run. Disney also offered it on one of their 3-D sampler BluRays.
     
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    Hi Greg!


    No, that short is not included here. First time I have heard of it and

    I really would have liked to have seen it.
     
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    I saw this in 3D theatrically and was impressed. Looking forward to the 3D blu-ray. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
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    It's a great Chip-n-Dale animated 3-D feature. When it popped up before MEET THE ROBINSONS, I remember thinking it was the first nationwide 3-D feature to be shown in both dual projector linear polarized 3-D (originally, and later at the 3-D Expos) and then in the Digital Real-D circular polarized delivery system. MEET THE ROBINSONS is a very fun 3-D watch, with a LOT of planning going into the 3-D aspect of the feature. I've talked to and read some of stereoscopic design team's efforts, which highlighted the amount of intricate detail and testing that was done just from a stereoscopic 3-D standpoint. I feel the results payed off excellently on-screen. (..Or is that sometimes off-screen?)
     

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